Unforgettable’ actually pretty forgettable

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 4:56 PM
Unforgettable’ actually pretty forgettable by Dakota Palmer

We’ve all seen it before — the crazy ex gets insanely jealous of the new girlfriend or wife — and things get pretty messy from there. This has been a prominent plot for a while, seen in movies such as, “Fatal Attraction,” “Swimfan” and probably most recently, Beyoncé’s 2009 film, “Obsessed.”

“Unforgettable” falls into this category of crazy ex films, and while it’s somewhat campy and predictable, it definitely has the ability to scare your socks off.

It’s the directorial debut of Denise Di Novi, who has worked as a producer on films such as, “Heathers,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” but I’m really glad I didn’t know that fact ahead of time, because it would have set my bar way too high.

Anyways, Julia Banks (Rosario Dawson) is the new girlfriend of David Connover (Geoff Stults), and his ex-wife, Tessa Connover (Katherine Heigl), is less than pleased.

Tessa is the ultimate perfectionist: blonde, middle-parted hair; flawless skin; no-calorie diets; annoying table etiquette that people in the 21st century don’t actually use.

Banks has much more of a laid-back personality, and seems to be a perfect fit with David and his daughter.

The movie begins with a beaten Banks being questioned at the police station about why she would contact the man she filed a restraining order against, her abusive ex. She claims she never contacted him, and SPOILER ALERT: you basically know how the rest of the movie goes.

Tessa and Banks clearly do not get along, as Tessa does not trust Banks with her daughter (and hates that her husband has moved on). Then, Tessa sets up Banks in a myriad of ways to make it look like she is crazy and should not be with David.

Meanwhile, David, being the frustrating person he is, defends Tessa and claims that “she’s just going through a tough time right now,” even though things escalate pretty quickly.

As we’re going through the movie, we start to feel angry that David doesn’t do anything, and you wish you could jump into the movie and tell him that he’s stupid for looking past all the red flags.

Eventually, as one would suspect, the movie ends in a very predictable manner, despite one small plot twist.

The movie was pretty much just an “Obsessed” remake, even copying the fight scene between the two leading women. Overall, it wasn’t a terrible flick, but I probably wouldn’t pay money to see it again.

If you want a mediocre thriller that can really make you fear breaking up with someone, this is it.

But, if you want to see a good movie about a crazy ex-lover, you could probably pick up a DVD of “Obsessed” or “Fatal Attraction” at your local buyback store for less than the price of a movie ticket to this generic movie.

Dakota Palmer can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com. 

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